Dark Flame

By Steve Carter




            in darkness

            refusing to ignite


            fire in the blood


            frosted over the eye


            bloodriver of fire

            never burns smooth


            flames lap

            the empty air

            sucking the very life

            out of it


Steve Carter is a writer and jazz guitarist. He taught music and English at Berklee College of Music. His first book of poems, Intermodulations, was recently published by Maat Publishing (www.maatpublishing.net). His poetry has appeared in many magazines, including Hanging Loose, Carolina Review, Stand, and Clackamas Literary Review.He has 10 CDs of his music available on his independent record label, Frogstory Records (www.frogstoryrecords.com).



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